Winter is just around the corner, and that means that it’s time to add a little extra coziness to your décor. We often think of winter decorating as adding layers of blankets and embracing a richer color palette for the season but don’t forget that truly successful home décor addresses all of your senses.
It’s easy to forget about scent as we decorate, but choosing the right aromas for your home is a crucial finishing touch for advanced decorators. Adding a signature winter scent to your home lets you show off another dimension of your personality, and you’ll subtly evoke warmth and comfort with every inhalation.
But what scents should you consider as the temperatures drop? Take a look at our suggestions for fragrance notes that should be on your winter scent list
Though the colors of citrus are sunny and bright, these fruits actually ripen during the winter months, so their aromas are traditionally used in the holiday season. As you choose a scent for your décor, consider adding notes of orange, lemon, bergamot, or grapefruit to add energy and keep the winter blahs at bay.
Imagine a wintertime walk through the woods. As you step, you release the aroma of dried leaves and pine. Dry wood, herbal wood, and earthy wood scents all evoke the smell of nature during the shortest days of the year, so they make a refreshing addition to your home’s winter aromas.
Musk has long been an ingredient in fine cologne and perfume, and it originally came from animal scents. It’s no wonder, then, that the warm smell of musk creates a feeling of being enveloped in the softest fur or woolen wraps. Adding a touch of musk to your diffuser creates a cozy environment.
4. Warm Spice
Scents like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg compose the classic “pumpkin spice” combination, so it’s only natural to associate these scents with cool-weather comfort. Vanilla also works well for winter fragrance, as it evokes the simple joys of baking on a snow day.
Like apples and pears, most tree nuts ripen as autumn temperatures dip, making nutty aromas ideal for wintertime enjoyment. These warm scents add complexity to fragrance combinations and provide a balance of sweet and bitter notes to make your décor a little more sophisticated.
Is there anything better than curling up next to a roaring fireplace in the heart of a winter’s day? A hint of smokiness in your fragrance mix will bring back memories of gathering around a fire. It only takes a little bit of this evocative scent to add depth and a bit of mystery to a home’s signature scent.
Though scent lingers at the edges of our awareness, its ability to help us tap into memories and enhance our sensory enjoyment make it a crucial part of decorating. Choose one or more of these winter scents to create the perfect fragrance for your home this season.